US: Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Passes Away at 100
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Renowned diplomat and former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, has passed away at the age of 100. His death, announced by his consulting firm, Kissinger Associates, occurred at his Connecticut residence. Kissinger played a pivotal role in shaping American foreign policy during the 1970s. Notably, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for orchestrating the end of US military involvement in the Vietnam War.
His diplomatic efforts also led to the historic opening of communist China to the United States and the West. Despite these achievements, Kissinger faced criticism for controversial decisions, such as the bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War and support for a coup in Chile.
The Vietnam War, in particular, complicated his legacy, with critics accusing him and President Richard Nixon of expanding the conflict. The 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, shared with his North Vietnamese counterpart Le Duc Tho, remains controversial due to the absence of actual peace in Vietnam. Tho declined to accept the award, further contributing to the debate surrounding Kissinger’s legacy.